Revolution - Durham
Revolution - Durham

Revolution - Durham

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.revolutionrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9199569999x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday 11:30am to 2:00pm


    Monday - Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm


    Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm


    Sunday 5:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jim Anile
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering by Revolution makes it possible to enjoy the same sumptuous cuisine, unmatched service, and impressive wine lists, far beyond the charming historic walls of the Downtown Durham restaurant. From an intimate cocktail gathering, to private cooking classes, to a beautifully seated dinner party, Chef Jim Anile and his culinary team will ensure that you and your guests share in a moment to remember. Revolution's professional and dedicated staff will work with you closely, to help design an event that is created uniquely for you and your tastes, while mindful of your budget.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have available an intimate, private dining space with seating for up to 50.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Lane 919-956-9999x
  • Entertainment:

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Revolution offers complimentary Valet Parking Thursday through Saturday. Garage and street parking are also available.
A word from Revolution - Durham
Revolution’s sophisticated and vibrant atmosphere greets guests as they enter the commanding historic Baldwin Building. A dazzling tiled mosaic from Florence adorns the wall, while rich hues of garnet and chocolate brown leather, natural cork, and original restored wood flooring create an inviting social scene. Revolution’s menu features a selection replete with imaginative interpretations of contemporary global cuisine. Chef Anile also offers a variety of tasting options from the three course “Feed Me” to the seven course “The Feast” menu. Revolution is proud to serve an unassuming yet impressive selection of fine wines featuring small production vineyards. The creative cocktail list pays homage to global cuisine while highlighting a changing roster of fresh ingredients.


Revolution is also the Official VIP Restaurant of The Durham Performing Arts (DPAC) President's Club.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Revolution - Durham reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (112)special occasion (105)romantic (58)neighborhood gem (44)notable wine list (38)vibrant bar scene (31)good for groups (27)hot spot (27)late-night find (19)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Rude Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was actually rather tasty. Although the salmon was too salty on top for my taste, I just avoided that section...the rest was very flaky and cooked to perfection. My waitress could have been more attentive in that items we asked for were delayed with no explanations. I guess she forgot. The waiter who was also working with her was just outright RUDE put items on the table without a word and walked away quickly so that we could not ask any questions. I was very offended by his behavior. We sat in the basement and as we approached the final steps a foul smell greeted us. Of course we were seated near the stairs. We asked to move away from the steps and the smell wasn't as strong. No! I will not recommend to a friend or enemy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 9/13/2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my second visit after having a great 1st time experience. Unfortunately my second visit did not match the 1st. Not all food items ordered were of the same quality. The beef tips were tasty but a mouthful of grizzle diminished the enjoyment. The eggplant lasagna was bland at best. Considering the cost of the meal I will likely not return. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food and the atmosphere will definitely bring me back to Revolution. They were out of the evening's special, Scallops, which I wanted and they did not remove from the specials. But other than that... it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch!
    Heidi
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great dinner place if you're looking for "real food" that taste fantastic! Service was very personal and professional. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    NCdiners
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were delighted with Revolution. The décor is modern yet very soft and calming. Wait staff very professional and attentive. Only reason did not give 5 stars for food was one entrée in our party was under-seasoned. Rest of dishes were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the basement is the pits
    WashingtonVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been to Revolution many times. Last weekend, I scheduled a work dinner there. Without asking, they seated us in the basement. I didn't know Revolution _had_ basement seating. Once we were down there, it would have been even more embarrasing to ask to be reseated in front of my invited guests. The basement is very nicely decorated, but it's still a basement: dark, windowless, and stuffy. Without the atmosphere, the whole night got off on the wrong foot. My guests were new to town, and I don't think they'll be going back to Revolution. I don't think I will, either.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food
    katnenc
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Red Snapper was delicious. My husband made the comment that it was the best red snapper he had ever had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had heard a lot of good things about Revolution, and based on the meal we had, none of them are quite true. Each dish lacked a finishing touch, and many had glaring flaws. My pasta was undercooked, the "fresh" tomatoes in my appetizer had obviously spent a long time in the refrigerator, and the $8 pint of beer I has was served at far too warm a temperature. Skip this overpriced joint and check out one of the many better fine dining establishments in Durham.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful birthday dinner.
    Emily
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I have had drinks at Revolution in the past but we've never eaten dinner at the restaurant. That changed this past weekend and I am so glad we finally made the reservation. We decided to enjoy the 5-course tasting menu along with wine pairings. Each plate was a wonderful surprise and the wine was paired perfectly with each dish. I would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best kept secret in Durham!
    Swatson1518
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great fusion restaurant, very unique dishes. First time eating frog legs- Delicious, a must try if you go. Great place for a romantic date night or meeting with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cgw68VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our 2nd visit to Revolution, & again the food was amazing in every way. Still can't believe the complexity & array of rich flavorful tastes in the ahi "poke" tuna appetizer. But even more basic items like salads here are unusually good. Service was friendly & knowledgeable. Had a really enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a living social coupon do we were a little worried, but we were seated on time, food was good, I got the tamale (mushroom/corn) and my other Half got the pork loin..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd timer
    DannyC
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Still as good as 1st time. Menu changed somewhat but food was still very good. Service still very good. Still love the atmosphere and modern decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Pre-show Dining
    Appmarine
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Though we have been going to Durham Performing Arts Center shows for years, this was our first time at Revolution. It was convenient to DPAC with plenty of nearby parking. The restaurant is open and therefore quite loud with tables close by other tables. The service was great and the food was very good. I had the pork tenderloin which was tasty, but slightly overcooked. My wife had the lobster quesadillas which she enjoyed. Overall, a great place for pre-show dining that is close with very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch is served!
    D726
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had a great business lunch here but we were the only table filled. Had an amazing seared snapped fillet on a bed of greens. Wonderful, light and delicious. All shared a dessert. It was less than 20/a head for the four of us. Cannot believe no one comes here for lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, with one exception.
    catwalk
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My sister's order of pork loin was too salty for her to eat more than a few bites. Too much brining PLUS rub or marinade or whatever they used.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    NcdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    First time.Neighborhood a little sketchy on a Sunday night,but Th-Sat they have valet parking. Beautiful contemporary setting.Our waiter, Anthony, was just outstanding. He made our night special. Loved the tasting menu. It is literally a surprise from the chef. We had 3 course tasting menu + 2 small plates-probably too much for two people. Generous portions. Tasting menu that night was: Grilled prawns with curried ramen noodles (appetizer), Kobe beef on duck risotto with a squash blossom filled with goat cheese (entrée) and a chocolate mousse cake with hazelnut/almond crust (dessert). Exquisite. Small plates were duck confit (very tender, wished it had more delicious sauce) and lobster quesadilla(very favorite)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Basement Smells
    NWBound
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Beware if you have your dinner in the basement-it smells musty like a basement. This musty smell overpowered what I'm sure would have been delectable aromas. The steak was out-of-this world. The tamales were not good and not something I would ever recommend. Overall the steak and the service were both great but overall this experience was a disappointment.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delta
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went for the oysters, and they didn't have any. The red snapper was poorly cooked--dry and tough. Three other tablemates said their food was quite good, though.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 40th Anniversary
    RayH
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    So we were looking for a spot for our 40th anniversary. Revolution was a great choice. The food was excellent, and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just okay
    Snacker
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went before a Dpac show. They just don't have enough selections. Wait staff will not tell you (even while at the restaurant) what the chef's choices are for the three course prefix menu. That is an expensive risk to take especially if you are hungry, which is usually why you are at a restaurant in the first place. With that being said, feel like prices are fair and portions are big enough to make two meals. But the food wasn't good enough to want to eat it again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once was enough.
    luv4food
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you go and you are shown a table on the lower level run for the door. Terrible a/c, noisy and lousy food made for a poor experience. 2 of the 4 members of are party could not eat more than two forks of their food--it was that bad. 2 of the other people had great tasting meals albeit almost cold food. Good wine list and the wait staff was great. We heard good things from other people who had eaten here but it was a mystery to me why anyone would want to eat here. I passed up a lot of good eating spots to drive 15 miles to a restaurant that was sub par.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • asb44
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Revolution is a great choice for a special occasion. I took my friend out for her birthday. While the food was excellent, the service was even better and definitely elevated her enjoyment. I appreciated the diversity and sophistication in the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took my GF for her Bday
    TruLacey
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I asked in my reservation notes if they could do something to help make the evening a special experience for her and they brought at a beautiful dessert displaying happy Birthday and a single candle for her. She teared up a little off of the beauty of the display. GREAT GREAT GREAT place to dine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Anastasia
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The beefsteak tomatoes were some of the best we have had this summer and the octopus salad was delicious. Service was spot on. Thanks so much for making our anniversary dinner stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Will Be Back
    PBXJEDI
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My fiancée and I had a wonderful first time visit to Revolution. Our waiter and the restaurant made for a great Sunday dinner. We had the Salmon and Red Snapper fish, both were amazing, paired with two perfect glasses of white wine. After dinner we had a tasty apple crisped desert. The restaurant was clean, everyone was friendly and the meals were great. They accepted and asked for our livingsocial coupon, which eased the already reasonably priced dishes. We will be back and soon for another great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ronb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our first time at Revolution and the food and service were excellent. Nice place if you are going to DPAC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chuck
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything was fine except when you pay what we paid you don't expect to be rushed, you want a slow paced calm and lovely evening, but when the entree comes to the table while you are finishing your salad, well, I felt like I was at a chain restaurant where they get you in and out as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LuvtodineVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great place for celebrations! I met my boyfriend there a year ago and while celebrating our Happy "ONE", he got down on one knee and proposed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Flossie1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The ahi tuna appetizer was wonderful. The salmon was also delicious. I normally love the tamales but the mushroom/spinach one was a little lacking. We has the trifle for dessert. It was tasty but too small for 9.00. Overall food was good. It was be great if they offered more local beers on tap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let Them Eat Cake
    PearlFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Red Velvet Cake, that is. A revelation at Revolution, where a number of dishes that our party of 5 tried were ALMOST as delicious. Loved the Beef Tartare, the Lamb Ravioli, the Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese and Watermelon. But most of all: we loved our waitress Mary--she was incredibly knowledgable about both the menu and the wines on the wine list but shared that knowledge in a totally warm, unpretentious way--enriching our dining experience tremendously. Extra points to Revolution for the fresh urban interiors and eclectic wall art as well as the comfy round half-booths (which allowed for a sense of privacy even with a table of five).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    DCN75
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first visit. We really enjoyed the restaurant. I do feel like the menu is too limited. I would like to see more choices in the small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice tasting menu
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Probably the best tasting menu we have enjoyed at Revolution. Wonderful light tuna starter was the highlight. Service was very good. Creme Brulee was a bit too cold and runny in the center and I didn't care for the port paring with it or I would have given the meal 5 stars. Always enjoy this fun restaurant with creative flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Spot
    SassySue
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Ever changing menu which was great for me as I like to try different foods!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another amazing dinner
    WashingtonVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I've been to Revolution many times, and they never disappoint. The food is always great, the service is always great. This is one of those rare restaurants that always delivers. Thanks so much -- I'll see you again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice downtown Durham
    KBTH
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Dinner with 4 business colleagues. All from out of town. I have been here once, everyone else first timers. We all enjoyed it, and they were quite impressed with my choice. Good food, good service. A very nice surprise for downtown Durham.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    strjn
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We chose Revolution to celebrate our anniversary, chose the 5-course tasting menu, and received one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. Phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food excellent, basement smelly!
    VG11
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was slow to start; our waiter did not come over to our table for 10-15 minutes after we were seated. He did apologize, but it was too long for the prices you are paying and the expected service. They also seated us in the very smelly/moldy basement with only 2 other tables! One other table was a large group. It really smelled of mold and water damage; not a pleasant sensory experience for a $15 glass of wine and excellent food. We asked to sit upstairs, and they said it was full, but even an hour later when we went upstairs to use the restroom, there were plenty if open tables for four. Food was delicious, but I would not go back just based on the seating and that they were not customer oriented in finding a seating solution.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    LoveBug86
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Lovely evening out with a girlfriend. Revolution was a nice change from the day to day chain restaurant scene. Friendly staff and there was no wait upon arrival, I was immediately seated. I would definitely make another guest appearance at Revolution.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night out
    seeUthere
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The evening's specials were very good and our waiter was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.